Batik an art form created ceturies ago in Indonesia to produce patterns on cloth. In the batik process, wax is brushed or dotted onto fabric before dyeing. The wax covered pieces of fabric resist the dye, leaving the original colour. This process can be repeated several times to produce a variety of patterns and elaborate designs.
Wax Options Available:
British Wax supply a number of waxes for the batik process, depending on the desired effect and material being used.
Beeswax - is traditionally used due to its resistance to cracking.
Microcrystalline wax - is a synthetic alternative to beeswax and used for its resistance to cracking.
Paraffin wax - known to be brittle and can flake off the fabric; this allows for easy removal but not a strong pattern.
Soy/Vegetable Wax - becoming increasingly popular, it can be removed from fabric easily in hot soapy water and is a natural alternative. Natural wax does not crackle the same as more traditional batik waxes.
Please contact us to discuss your batik wax requirements or call us on 01737 761 242